Foundations of Community Journalism is the first and only book to focus on how to understand and conduct research in this ever-increasing field. With chapters written by established journalism scholars and teachers, this book provides students and researchers with an understanding of the multiple methods applied to the study of community journalism, such as historical, social-scientific, cultural/critical, and interdisciplinary approaches. It explains what community journalism is as a research concept and offers a range of different methods and theories that can be applied to community journalism research. Although there are numerous “how-to” community journalism manuals for students and newspaper editors, none focuses on how to conduct research into community journalism. The body of knowledge in Foundations of Community Journalism would take readers months, perhaps years, of independent work to gather, making this book a “must-have” volume and reference tool for anybody who is interested in the relationships between journalism and communities.
Methodological Choices Offered from the Study of the Norwegian Press
For researchers and journalists who are interested in community newspapers and community journalism, there is much to be learned from the Norwegian situation. We have a newspaper system dominated by local dailies, but also a successful group of local non-dailies. Despite a marked decrease since 1999–2000, total newspaper consumption is still high, with a circulation of more than 1.2 newspapers per household. The decrease has affected only the dailies; the local non-dailies have had almost two decades of continuous growth.
Although all parts of Norway are covered by dailies with a local character, the distribution of non-dailies is more restricted. One third of the Norwegian population now ...